Socialite denies rape claims

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Aug 25, 2012 - Page 1

Justin Lee (李宗瑞), a socialite wanted for allegedly drugging and raping several celebrities and other women, and allegedly filming the acts, was taken into custody yesterday.

Lee, accompanied by three lawyers, turned himself in to prosecutors on Thursday evening after spending more than three weeks on the run.

The 27-year-old denied the accusations against him, saying the sexual activities with the women were consensual and that he did not secretly film the acts or circulate any photographs and videos of him engaging in sexual acts with women.

The statement was not considered plausible by prosecutors.

The Taipei District Court early yesterday approved a petition by prosecutors to keep Lee in custody.

Lee, the son of former Yuanta Financial Holdings (元大金融控股公司) board member Lee Yueh-tsang (李岳蒼), was first accused in July last year of drugging a woman in a nightclub, taking her home and raping her. He allegedly videotaped the entire act.

However, he was released by prosecutors after questioning on that occasion because of a lack of substantial evidence.

As more accusations emerged against him this year, prosecutors placed him on a wanted list on Aug. 1 after he repeatedly failed to show up for questioning.

Police and investigators reportedly discovered scores of explicit videos involving more than 40 women, on a computer seized at Justin Lee’s home.

Some photographs, believed to have been captured from the videos, were later found posted on the Internet.